The Seattle Post-Intelligencer broke the story of the asbestos poisoning of Libby, Mont., 10 years ago. But with the final edition of the newspaper rolling off the presses tonight, we won't be here to report on the outcome of the W.R. Grace criminal trial that resulted from the revelations about what happened to Libby and its people.
Ronald Kuiper died last week, just one day before a jury decided that a maker of chemical butter flavoring owed him $7.5 million for destruction of his lungs.
Until today, I really thought that Judge Donald Molloy's prediction that the W.R. Grace criminal trial would take four to five months to complete was a bit extreme. I based this on the fact that the testimony of two key government witnesses On-site Coordinator Paul Peronard and Dr. Show More Summary
By the end of testimony at the W.R. Grace criminal trial today, I was thinking that some of the jurors and many of the spectators were beginning to believe that the federal government was more guilty of concealing the asbestos dangers in Libby, Mont., than the international chemical company that's on trial.
Our white wall to wall bookcases, blackened from over a decade of “dog” rubbing against the corners, kids whose little shoes marred the window seat, and woodstove particles that had settled into the cracks and crevices, were looking dingy. Show More Summary
It took Judge Donald Molloy just 14 words this morning to respond to hours of yammering Monday by Grace lawyers who wanted to prevent a crucial government witness from testifying.
With the W.R. Grace criminal trial recessed for the day because of a sick juror, defense lawyers jumped at the opportunity to use the free time to pummel a U.S. Public Health Service physician who is one of the government's key witnesses.
Judge Donald Molloy recessed the trial before it started, saying he's waiting for a medical report on whether an ill juror is too sick to continue and will have to be replaced by one of the three alternates.
Of course, no one will know until the jury hearing the W.R. Grace criminal trial issues a verdict three, four or five months from now, but the 15 jurors and alternates were given a lot to consider today as the second week of testimony ended. Show More Summary
LIBBY, Mont. - One vital prosecution witness at the W.R. Grace criminal trial ended his testimony to rave reviews and second critical witness stumbled badly Tuesday.
Even court personnel and defense lawyers seemed a bit stunned Monday when Chief U.S District Judge Donald Molly ripped into government prosecutors blaming them for every problem but global warming.
Some people never get the word, and his morning, I'm one of them.
Missoula, Mont., has more than its share of great eateries. The absolute best burger in the world comes off the tiny grill at the scruffy Missoula Club, or a breakfast of brains and eggs and other memorable fare at Oxford Saloon and Café. Show More Summary
The first week of the nation's biggest environmental crime case is over. Jurors headed home to a well-deserved drink or a fistful of headache pills. Some lawyers flew back east while most are, and will be, cloistered way until Monday...Show More Summary
The 9th U.S. Court of Appeal has overturned Judge Donald Molloy's order keeping victims of asbestos exposure who will testify in the W.R. Grace criminal trial from observing the proceedings.
WR Grace criminal trial, Libby, Asbestos
It took just minutes for W.R. Grace's top lawyer to begin denouncing the scientific qualifications of the government's chief witness and the man who led the government's efforts to protect the people of Libby from the asbestos that poisoned their small Montana town.
If W.R. Grace lawyer Barbara Harding got a buck each time she leaped out of her chair to object to a question the prosecution had asked their witness, she probably would have made more today than the $40 each juror got paid to serve at the largest environmental crime trial in history.
Judge's order stifles government's case in the trial of the poisoning of Libby, Montana. W.R. Grace gets yet another break from presiding judge.
Butter flavoring, popcorn lung, diacetyl, NIOSH, absurd law suit.